2 cabins destroyed in wildfire near Fishlake National Forest

Posted at 3:13 PM, Apr 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-15 12:08:34-04

SEVIER COUNTY, Utah –Two cabins were destroyed in a wildfire that erupted in the Fishlake National Forest area Tuesday.

Fire crews from Sevier, Wayne and Piute counties responded to the Sleepy Hollow area to assist in protecting the cabins.  Several of the homes were saved, according to a Facebook post from Sevier County Sheriff’s Office.

As of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, officials reported it had started to snow at the scene, which will help to keep the flames from spreading, the Facebook post indicates.

The cause is still under investigation.

Evacuations started in the Fish Lake Basin area, officials said Tuesday evening. As of 4 p.m. on Tuesday,  100 to 200 acres burned and are “running and torching.”

High winds gusting upward of 40 mph are a concern, and have also prevented air resources in aiding suppression efforts, said John Zapell, spokesman for National forest Interagency Fire.

The fire broke out in the area of Quakie Haven, according to the Facebook post. State Route 25 is closed at State Route 24 junction and evacuations were ordered at the summer homes.

Zapell said it started on the south side of SR-25 and appears to be moving north toward the Fish Lake Basin and Mytoge Ridge.

The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management crews, along with fire departments from communities in Sevier and Wayne counties were called out to fight the blaze.

Fish Lake is located in central Utah, about four hours south of Salt Lake City.

More information on this fire will be provided as it becomes available.